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GrandmaSoSew Tue 09-Apr-19 12:43:58

My mother is 95 and has always been very healthy. Until recently, I cannot remember her having a single day's sickness (she retired at 80) and has always had no time for weakness of any kind. A few years ago she was diagnosed with Alzheimers and her deterioration has escalated lately. She has had a couple of falls, which she only tells us about after she has recovered. She refuses to wear her SOS pendant, she hangs it on a high hook so she knows where it is! She cannot cope with electrical appliances very well; washing machine, cooker, central heating, etc but maintains that they are 'broken' and phones me (and calls out engineers) frequently. She is stubborn and always knew best, I suppose she always had to be in control of us all. Cutting a long story shortish, I am worried about her being at home alone but she refuses point blank to consider help of any kind, or the thought of going into a care home. She won't move in with either of us. My sister pops in about 3 times a week as she lives quite close but has a very busy life. I visit twice a week (different days) for a few hours at a time as I live further away but find the journey a struggle. A kind neighbour rings her every morning and my sister and I ring her at least once a day. She complains about everything (she always has) and guilt-trips me every day (and always has). She is wicked to my sister who doesn't have a lot of patience. Any suggestions to make all our lives more pleasant? Sorry for the ramble.

glammanana Tue 09-Apr-19 13:33:18

GrandmaSS Would your mum consider the help that AgeUK can offer,they have teams of volunteers who are willing to call in and visit her for an hour or so,they are empathatic to the needs of your mum and how difficult she could be it may be worth a try.
They also have teams of experienced people who can help her with the appliances that she has trouble with,its worth a try.

janeainsworth Tue 09-Apr-19 13:41:37

grandmasosew I think when you’re dealing with a very obstinate person there’s not a lot you can do.
It sounds to me as though you already do a lot for your mother, so try not to be guilt-tripped into something that’s hard for you and your sister to sustain. The help you give should be on your terms, not your mother’s.
I’m afraid that sometimes it takes a crisis to make someone see that their own desire for independence is actually a burden not just to other people, but to themselves too.

Anja Tue 09-Apr-19 14:12:37

Must be a different AgeUK franchise from the one I called when an elderly friend (93) needed help. They didn’t want to know.

Think the level of care from AgeUK varies greatly across the country.

Anja Tue 09-Apr-19 14:13:36

What Jane says in answer to OP

aggie Tue 09-Apr-19 14:23:03

What you are dealing with is not your Mum as she was but a lady with a degree of dementia , she is not responsible for not telling what has happened she has forgotten till reminded so don't blame yourself or your Mum , it is hard to persuade her to accept help that she doesn't realise she needs . Someone calling as a visitor making a cup of tea and chatting to her would be a disguise for a helper ?